The government should take immediate steps to stop attacks on indigenous communities, kidnapping of their members and grabbing of their lands, all of which have seen a rise in recent times, said speakers at a rally in Sylhet yesterday.
The longstanding problems over establishing ownership on lands of the Khasia community in greater Sylhet region is yet to be resolved while lands housing temples of Rakhains in Barguna and Patuakhali were being grabbed, they added.
Bangladesh Centre for Human Rights and Development, Bangladesh Minority Watch, and Global Human Rights Defence jointly organised the rally before Sylhet Central Shaheed Minar marking International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, observed on August 9.
The organisers placed an eight-point demand including hounouring international treaties on establishing rights of indigenous communities, constitutional recognition of all indigenous communities, and announcement of a roadmap and timeframe for implementation of Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord, 1997.
They also demanded ratification and implementation of the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, recognition of indigenous communities’ right to land, ensuring their participation in local level development programmes, and formation of a commission to resolve land related problems and to recover grabbed lands and another for enacting laws to establish their rights.
Source: Kapaeeng Foundation
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